Breeze Through Airport Security with Kids this Summer

airport security with kids, catsaMany thanks to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for hooking us up with more great tips for passing through airport security this summer!

If you’re among the millions of people travelling by air this summer, you can probably benefit from some helpful advice to get through airport security with kids smoothly. Follow these expert tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to make your time at the airport more pleasant and enjoyable.

airport security with kidsBefore you leave home:
Don’t wait till you’re at the airport to find out what’s allowed in your carry-on bag. Do your homework using the online tools available on CATSA’s website to help you finalize your packing and get ready for the checkpoint. Consult the “What Can I Bring” page to confirm if an item is permitted in your carry-on or checked bag.

Pro tip: if you’re unsure about an item, ask CATSA on Twitter (@catsa_gc).

On your way to the airport:
Find information on wait times and tips for families, seniors and passengers with special needs by using CATSA’s mobile app.

Before checking your bags:
Liquids, gels, and aerosols can be packed in your carry-on as long as they respect the 100 mL rule. Larger containers must go in your checked baggage. Parents with children under age two can bring baby food and beverages on the plane as they are exempt from the 100 mL limit.

At the checkpoint:
Have your boarding pass ready to present to the screening officer. Leave keys, coins, electronic items and other metallic objects in your carry-on bag. Place your containers with liquids, gels and aerosols in a one-litre clear, resealable plastic bag, and place it the bin for screening. Other items to place in the bin include hats, belts and jackets. If you’re travelling with a laptop, remove it from its carrying case and place it in a bin.

Find more information to help you breeze through security at

My thanks to CATSA for sponsoring this post.


3 Responses to Breeze Through Airport Security with Kids this Summer

  1. John at #

    Useful tips indeed! I almost always witness parents who came unprepared and then is all that hassle of placing things the right way. Not to mention that the baby (babies) is getting fussy and annoyed…

  2. Marta at #

    Airport security is always a stressful time with young kids, especially if you are outnumbered and you have two toddlers with just one adult! One tip I would add it to dress appropriately: the last thing you need in airports is to fiddle with belts and complex accessories that refuse to open easily. Or hard to fold strollers…

  3. Coreball at #

    Going through airport security with small children is never easy, but it can be downright terrifying when you’re outnumbered and have two toddlers and just one adult. If I could suggest anything, it would be to dress sensibly; the last thing you need while going through airport security is to struggle with a belt or other accessory that won’t open. Or cumbersome baby strollers…

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